National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education

Leadership Mentor Program

Requests for information and applications should be sent to Jesse Germain at or telephone 845.938.5326. Applications are due by March 15 of 2019.

  • The NAKHE Leadership Mentor Program (LMP) is designed to bring together members of the kinesiology community for a one-week “shadow” experience to build future leaders through hands-on mentoring and real-world scenarios. The program is also designed to build networking and social communication between university kinesiology departments from different locations inside and outside of the United States. The suggested format for the LMP experience is a one-week (five day) visit by an aspiring kinesiology administrator to the campus of an experienced kinesiology administrator (department chair or higher-level university administrator). The desired outcome is an increased level of awareness and understanding of the position and the job requirements of a kinesiology administrator on the part of the mentee.
  • Mentee Requirements: The mentee should be a full-time faculty member at a university in a kinesiology department with a rank no higher than associate professor. The mentee may not be, nor have ever been a chair, dean or other administrative position. The mentee should have aspirations of becoming a university administrator as a career goal. The mentee is responsible for any additional costs outside the 5 days of travel, or for upgrades to housing, as well as for their own food.
  • Mentor Requirements: The requirements for a mentor include a minimum of 5 years of experience as a chair, dean or higher-level administrator. The mentor is responsible for securing campus approval and locating reasonable housing for the mentee. This may come in the form of University housing, or a hotel (the mentee has the option of not using this, but would be responsible for any additional costs). Additionally, the mentor agrees to coordinate transportation, university agendas, and any other logistical needs of the mentee.
  • Deadline: Applications are due by March 15 of 2019.
  • Application Process: Those wishing to be a mentor or mentee need to apply to the NAKHE Leader Mentor Task Force for approval. The mentee will travel to the mentor’s University and spend five days (suggested Monday through Friday) working with the mentor. All meetings and events that are attended by the mentor will be made available to the mentee (save for any that may be inappropriate – personnel meetings, etc.; alternative experiences will be arranged by the mentor). The intent is that the mentee will participate in all of the experiences of the mentor, side-by-side, whenever possible.
  • Logistics: Prior to submission of the application, the mentor should have secured university approval to provide access to campus meetings. The mentor and mentee should have agreed upon travel dates, location and housing prior to submitting an application.  (NOTE: applications do not guarantee funding. Do not to make travel arrangements until AFTER the award is received.)
  • Pairings: It is recommended that mentor/mentee pairs apply to the LMP together. However, some NAKHE members may not have a mentor in mind. NAKHE will attempt to pair the mentee with a willing mentor if requested. Suggestions will be sent to the pair, who will then apply for the award together.
  • Grant Amounts: The award shall be granted as one award to two individuals (mentee and mentor). The total amount awarded for the grant is $1500, the majority of which will fund the travel and housing costs for the mentee. Funds not used for travel or housing can be used as additional stipends. Only 2 grants may be awarded in a given year. Suggested budget guidelines are below; reimbursement to the mentee will be provided by the NAKHE Executive Director up to the limit of $1,500.

    Travel     mentee:     $350     mentor:     $50
    Housing    mentee:     $600     mentor:     $0
    Stipend    mentee:     $200     mentor:     $300
                           $1150                $350
  • Exit Requirements: Upon receiving the award, the mentor and mentee agree to the following:
    1. Adherence to all NAKHE procedures specified in the LMP, including timeframes and meeting procedures.
    2. Providing a presentation at the next annual conference about the experience.
    3. Will submit an editor-reviewed, co-authored manuscript to the The International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education within one year of the experience.
  • LMP Task Force: The LMP Task Force shall consist of the current President, Vice-President, Executive Director and two members appointed by the current President.  The two members appointed by the President shall meet the requirements of a mentor, and will not be eligible for the award in the same year that they serve on the committee. The LMP Task Force will oversee the application process and will provide notification to the mentoring dyad and to their respective universities.
  • Past Leadership Mentor Award Recipients